Clinical Assistant Professor
Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology Director, Ophthalmology Consult Service Director, Division of Neuroophthalmology
419 W. Redwood, 420
Education and Training
8/13/1983 – 1/24/1991 Medical School, University of Vienna, Austria
Spitalgasse 23, 1090 Wien, Austria
1/24/1991: M.D. - University of Vienna, Austria
Post Graduate Education and Training
4/1/1991 - 9/30/1994 Internship / Family Medicine Residency
Krankenanstalt des Göttlichen Heilandes
Dornbacher Straße 20-28, 1170 Wien, Austria
10/1/1994 – 5/31/1997 Postdoctoral Fellowship
The Wilmer Eye Institute
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
733 N. Broadway, Baltimore, MD 21287
Mentor: Gerard A Lutty, Ph.D., Professor of Ophthalmology
6/24/1997 – 6/23/1998 Preliminary Internal Medicine Residency
Union Memorial Hospital
201 E. University Pkwy., Baltimore, MD 21218
7/ 1/1998 – 8/21/2001 Ophthalmology Residency
UMDNJ, Robert Wood Johnson
3 Cooper Plaza, Suite 510, Camden, NJ 08103
7/ 1/2002 – 6/30/2003 Neuro-ophthalmology Fellowship
Wills Eye Hospital
840 Walnut St. Philadelphia, PA 19107
Mentors: Robert Sergott, MD; Peter Savino, MD
With a broad background clinical Ophthalmology and specific training and expertise in Neuroophthalmology, Dr. Mathews specializes in disorders of the optic nerve, visual pathway, and ocular motor system. Her clinical practice includes patients with congenital, toxic, traumatic, inflammatory, and nutritional optic nerve disorders, facial nerve palsy other cranial nerve syndromes, brain tumors, and strokes affecting the eye and visual system. Her primary interests are in Ischemic Optic Neuropathy, Optic Neuritis, Idiopathic intracranial hypertension, and Optic nerve trauma.
Dr. Mathews is a graduate of the Medical University of Vienna, Austria. She joined the University of Maryland in 2005 after completing Ophthalmology residency training at UMDNJ - Robert Wood Johnson, New Jersey and Neuroophthalmology fellowship training at the Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia.
Her research experience includes participation in groundbreaking research on the role of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) in diabetic eye disease, sickle cell retinopathy and retinopathy of prematurity at the Johns Hopkins University's Wilmer Eye Institute. Her current research focus is on ocular effects of hyperlipidemia, atherosclerosis, and diabetes as risk factors for Ischemic Optic Neuropathy and retinal dysfunction. Dr. Mathews is a National Institutes of Health (NIH) - funded clinician-scientist and has also received research support from the Austrian Ministry of Science and the Knights Templar Eye Foundation.
Ischemic Optic Neuropathy, Optic Neuritis, Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension, Traumatic Optic Neuropathy Lipoprotein (a), NAION, Hyperlipidemia, Atherosclerosis, Melanopsin-containing Retinal Ganglion Cells, Blast trauma
MK Mathews, C Merges, DS McLeod, GA Lutty
Vascular endothelial growth factor and vascular permeability changes in human diabetic retinopathy.
Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 1997 Dec; 38 (13): 2729-41.
M Kunz-Mathews, DS McLeod, C Merges, J Cao, GA Lutty
Neutrophils and leucocyte adhesion molecules in sickle cell retinopathy.
Br. J. Ophthalmol. 2002; 86:684-690.
MK Mathews, RC Sergott, PJ Savino
Pseudotumor cerebri. Curr Opin Ophthalmol 2003; 14(6): 364-370.
Reprinted in Contemporary Ophthalmology 2004; 25(3). Review
Nonarteritic anterior ischemic optic neuropathy. Curr Opin Ophthalmol. 2005; 16(6):341-5. Review
MK Mathews, Y Guo, P Langenberg, SL Bernstein.
Ciliary Neurotrophic Factor (CNTF) - mediated ganglion cell survival in a rodent model of Non-Arteritic Anterior
Ischaemic Optic Neuropathy (NAION).
Br J Ophthalmol., 2015;99:133-137
University of Maryland Professional Building
419 West Redwood Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
5900 Waterloo Road
Columbia, MD 21045
20 Crossroads Drive
Owings Mills, MD 21117
University of Maryland Medical Center
R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center
22 S. Greene Street, Baltimore, MD
Baltimore VA Medical Center
10 North Greene Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Basic Science Affiliations:
University of Maryland School of Medicine
Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology
Adjunct appointment in Anatomy and Neurobiology
Active member of the North American NeuroOphthalmology Society (NANOS), Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), Society of Austrian Scientists in North America (ASCINA), Austrian Physicians’ Chamber
North American Neuroophthalmology Society / for patients: http://www.nanosweb.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3280
National Eye Institute: https://nei.nih.gov
Information on Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension (IIH, Pseudotumor Cerebri): https://nei.nih.gov/health/iih/intracranial
Information on Optic Neuritis: https://www.nei.nih.gov/faqs/optic-nerve-optic-neuritis
Information on Ischemic Optic Neuropathy: https://www.nei.nih.gov/faqs/optic-nerve-anterior-ischemic-optic-neuropathy-aion
Information on medication management: https://nei.nih.gov/lowvision/content/medication
Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration: http://www.mva.maryland.gov
Driver's License renewal / Vision Screening Form: http://www.mva.maryland.gov/_resources/docs/DL-043.pdf
Driver Licensing / Vision Requirements: http://www.mva.maryland.gov/drivers/vision-requirements/
Modified Vision Program: http://www.mva.maryland.gov/about-mva/info/26200/26200-13T.htm